13 Things Microsoft Should Improve in Windows 8

Microsoft is undoubtedly taking a huge gamble with Windows 8. Changing the user experience almost entirely, Windows 8 is expected to be the first truly cross-device operating system outside of the heavily customized Linux environment. The same OS is expected to work on everything from a desktop computer to a smartphone, giving the user a truly cohesive experience throughout.

This is a bold strategy, and one that could make or break Microsoft in the tablet market. If Windows Vista was any indication, users are typically difficult to predict when it comes to change. In order for Microsoft to pull this off, it needs Windows 8 to be absolutely perfect from the day it launches to the day it’s replaced by the next big thing.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview introduced this new user experience to the world. While the Developer Preview release in 2011 hinted to the new Metro UI, this new version brings those subtle hints to reality. The Start menu which has gone largely unchanged for many years has been replaced entirely with what Microsoft dubs as the Start screen. Charms, which are accessible by swiping your mouse cursor over the right-side of the screen give you quick access to settings, search, device control, and built-in social sharing capabilities.

With all these changes come customer feedback. A great deal of these feedback is fairly generalized as an overall like or dislike for the user experience. These mixed reviews hit a pressure point with users that fear losing the traditional Windows interface that we’ve come to know over nearly two decades.

So, what would make Windows 8 an easier pill to swallow? Could Microsoft really pull off a major UI shift without losing a large chunk of its current supporters?

We decided to take this question to the community. Together, we’ve compiled an early list of adjustments we believe could benefit Microsoft as it attempts to introduce this new operating system to the consumer and enterprise markets.

Give Users a Clear and Simple Choice — It’s obvious, at least at this point, that Windows 8 will combine the best of Windows 7 with the latest tools Microsoft has to offer. If possible, give users a choice between the traditional Start menu and the latest Start screen interface. Yes, Metro is at the heart of what Windows 8 is about, but just as Windows XP made the classic UI of Windows 98/2000 available with a few simple clicks, Windows 8 should do the same.

Perhaps allow for Classic Mode to exist as an option during installation and within the Control Panel? Michael Dzura, a member of the LockerGnome community, commented: “Make Metro optional at startup just like Media Center used to be. That way a user can customize their setup for either a tablet or desktop PC.”

Create a Tutorial — When subjecting your users to a brand new UI, a tutorial should be included that walks users through everything in a simple and efficient step-by-step process. This is something Microsoft has added since Windows XP, and we expect it to be included with Windows 8. The problem is, your software’s reputation is being built during the beta, so the sooner the better.

Bring Back the RSS News App — While we realize the Developer Preview was intended to highlight the possibilities of the Metro UI, there were some clear diamonds in the rough that seem to be missing from the Consumer Preview. The News app was potentially one of the best RSS readers I’ve ever experienced. It was disheartening to launch the latest preview only to discover that this went missing. Bring it back, please.

Concentrate on One UI over the Other — Windows 8 feels disjointed. I shouldn’t be experiencing two different settings menus when activating the same Charm. It seems like I’m running two operating systems on one machine, with Metro being within a virtual environment. Bring it together, or don’t bring it at all.

Stop with the Editions — Microsoft needs to follow the lead set by Apple and stop releasing its product under different editions. Honestly, this is tiresome and it makes it impossible to explain a process when things work differently on one edition than they do on another. If you want to bring your OS to multiple devices, you need to bring these editions together on one SKU. Windows 8 is expected to have 9 different editions, each with its own set of versions that add or subtract certain features. Let the buyer do this after the fact or during installation.

Make Shutting Down EasierCraighton Miller contributed this idea. Windows 8 appears to add extra steps to the process of shutting down or putting the computer to sleep. This process could easily be worked into a Charm or become part of the Start screen interface, but instead you need to go through Settings to shut your system down. What?! Microsoft, really.

Custom Background Images for the Start Screen — iOS and Android have both set an expectation for custom backgrounds on a mobile platform. Where Android and iOS have adapted to customer preferences, Windows 8 risks falling behind by several years. If you enter the game late, you need to make sure your platform at least feels as though it is attempting to keep up with the pack. This is a minor yet important detail to casual users that see this little change as a sign of a brand that just doesn’t “get it.”

Allow Metro Apps to Run in Windows — Not everyone wants to run apps in full-screen mode all of the time. I’m constantly comparing one window to another when writing articles, and while being able to place them across different spaces on a single screen, I still want to organize apps the way that suits me the best. For example, my chat program generally runs in the upper-left corner of my screen while my music player occupies a space in the lower-left quadrant. The center of my screen hosts a browser while the lower-right area is my writing space reserved for Evernote. Every user has their own personal preferences, and not everyone wants their desktop experience to feel like a tablet (or a smartphone for that matter).

Give User More Control over Start ScreenBrent Church, a member of the LockerGnome community, said: “I’ve noticed when you install legacy apps or drivers, those tiny stray files that are included in the installation get placed on the Start screen. There’s got to be a way to have it curate what gets put there or some auto sort/filter mechanism.”

Standardize Keyboard ShortcutsLars Fosdal, a member of the LockerGnome community, advised: “The use of keyboard shortcuts for navigation within Metro apps should be standardized across apps. Currently, it is a little dicey and flakey.”

Improve the Mail App — Even though the built-in Mail app is seen as a preview, and may not make the final cut when it comes time to go to a gold master, the app itself has several failings that may turn off a potential user. Lars Fosdal said, “The Mail app needs some major attention. It is really not good.”

Currently, Mail only works with Hotmail, Gmail, and Exchange servers. This limits you considerably when you use IMAP accounts hosted on your server, or wish to use other mail protocols. It’s a good early attempt, but it isn’t there yet.

Different Interface for Different Devices — As stated previously, the current state of Windows 8 is disjointed and feels like two different operating systems forced to live on one machine. While the Metro UI may well be a hit on mobile devices, I couldn’t see the Aero desktop environment working very well on a mobile platform. Perhaps for mobile users, you should be able to shut off Aero almost entirely. Perhaps if Windows could detect what type of device it’s running on, it could customize the experience for that particular screen.

Windows 8 is definitely made for touch, but I don’t see desktop users flocking to give up their keyboards and mice just yet. It’s like being at a party that only plays one person’s favorite song over and over. After a while, you will get tired of it and want to leave.

Stay True to What Windows Is — Windows is an operating system. Currently, it dominates the enterprise market while maintaining a firm grasp on the budget consumer base, as well. While OS X may be targeting high-end consumer users, Windows has a lot going for it in its current state. By shifting its attention to the mobile market, Microsoft is essentially firing all of its guns at a single target. The question is, will it lose or gain more fans in the process?

I’m an admitted fan of Microsoft, just as I am an admitted fan of Apple’s hardware and Google’s Android OS. Each company is competing for dominance in a market that is riddled with fragmentation and poor hardware/software release synchronization. If you bring a desktop operating system to this market, you’re bound to have problems. The question is, will Microsoft’s loyal users stick around to see Windows 9?

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • Ben

    Downloaded the consumer preview onto a laptop I have (MSI x370, AMD) and it seems to work fine with a mouse and keyboard. But is my dual-moniter setup really worth it when all the apps are full screen? Not sure.

    • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

       You’re dual monitor will be fine.  Mine has been.  Metro only affects the main monitor, the secondary monitor is still Aero, which gives you the best of both worlds, although I don’t spend that much time in Metro.  with a 1920×1200 monitor, why would I want to dedicate the whole thing to a Metro app?  That’s what MS needs to figure out.

      • Ben

        I’ll be sticking with Windows 7 for now. Windows 8 is nice in a TOUCH enviorment, but, as you said, I don’t want to devote half of all my screen space to one app.

    • Prasanth Cp

      Ben,

      Let me know about battery life while running windows 8

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaNoyce Joshua Noyce

    the thing thaat I like windows 8 over windows 7 is that windows 8 turns on and off much faster

  • http://raphaellove.com Raphael Love

    I am wondering if this is really going to make things for windows users better?

  • http://twitter.com/AaronMcHale Aaron McHale

    Sounds good, I had been thinking mostly the same things!

  • Tru2psu

    Jumped to iOS – don’t know if I will switch back.

    • Avatar Roku

      iOS isn’t capable of anything suggested in this article (aside from letting you choose a background).

      What would be the rationale for switching to iOS? More iPad apps? That could change quickly. Windows 8 at least gives you legacy software support and the old Windows interface as an option. I don’t see where the iOS interface beats Windows 8.

      • http://profiles.google.com/riffdex Dexter McLaughlin

        So Windows 8 gives legacy software support. What about new applications? What happens when devs abandon the idea of W8 when it flops? Being able to run a 10 year old program isn’t going to matter if it has no recent programs.

  • Jeff

    Moving completely away from Windows to Mac OS X and iOS.  Windows 8 has convinced me that my move was the right one.

    • Avatar Roku

      Will you have to buy your apps twice since there are two seperate app stores for your two operating systems? What about the obvious software and hardware compatibility issues with Mac OS? There is very little software available for Mac OS compared to Windows and many hardware devices simply don’t work with Mac OS.

      Personally I hate Mac OS, but even if it was an enjoyable OS to use, it would still be largely inferior to Windows because of serious compatibility issues.

      • Lol

        Dude Mac OS  is much better than windows, first of all let me clear out that I had been using WINDOWS for may be 14 yrs and it was around 8 months ago i changed to Mac OS. And seriously the quality diff b/w Mac and windows is huge. I used have a lot of problems with windows, for every new device or hardware be it mp3 player, printer, projector i had to install software to run it but that isn’t the case in Mac OS. And if mouse, keyboard etc are a problem well I don’t think i need one as far as i know Mac OS only comes with iMac and Macbook they simply don’t need an extra keyboard coz they already have one. For software well you do have an app store to download apps from. And if you are talking about games, yes we windows games on Mac (without using various ports and wrappers) simply bcoz its a diff OS and these games are not available for Mac. But hey why do I need to run games on my Mac or PC when we gaming consoles like PS, XBOX, PSP etc.

    • http://twitter.com/dtourond Devon Tourond

      Just because this version of Windows might not be what you’re looking for doesn’t mean you have to completely move away from it. I have a Mac Mini running Lion and Windows 7 and I’m completely happy. Let’s face it, nobody (I don’t care who) can do everything they want on just one OS without needing the other platform once in a while (unless you plan on just doing very basic things). The best way is to have both.

      • LaZeRaY

         Just gonna say that windows can do EVERYTHING MAC OS can except maybe testing Mac Based Programs and other Programs developed ONLY for Mac OS. And if someone is going to write and compile a program for Mac OS only then they are loosing a LARGE user base. I can do EVERYTHING I want to on windows. Can’t say the same about Linux (Which I love for hosting my Minecraft Server & Playing Minecraft without all of my extra software getting in the way), and similarly Mac OS. And please DON”T say that Mac OS is better for media. Fucking hell, iTunes is one of the WORST pieces of software made, it uses MORE system resources than the Video Game Burnout Paradise, doesn’t give you a solid time for some operations which has led to them not being completed when I close it, if it has done any of it at all AND I find this issue with IOS as well, Windows however can ALSO have iTunes, but it is shit. I use a standard Media Player, which I can customize to HOWEVER I want. How specifically is Mac BETTER and Audio, Visual or 3D editing/creation. It MAY be faster (and I say may as the specs of a $5000 mac is about the same as my friends new $10000 computer :P ) but is know to hang the system easier. BSOD  you say? How about a Computer simply locking, forcing you to reset with NO log of WTF went wrong?

  • Will

    I have to admit that i’m not all that disgusted for the metro UI on Windows 8 it’s a nice clean look to it. It gets some time to get use to, but once you do it feels natural.
    Although there could be a couple of  tweaks that microsoft could make to make it a better experience (besides the ones named in this article):
    * To be able to navigate on the metro UI with the Microsoft Xbox controller, since part of the focus is integrate it with the Xbox anyway.
    *On the application store in order to scroll sideways you have to click on the arrows on the bottom can’t you just click and drag as you would on a touchscreen.

  • johnwerneken

    amen chris i agree. i actually love win 8 on my desktop its so much faster seems so far more malware resistant runs everything old i’ve tried so far etc etc and some of gthe new ‘features’ no doubt are of general interest. i especially like beimng aple to mount iso’s on hard drive.

    BUT i agree with every one of your improvent observations.

    For me the less said abot touch, or about mice for that matter, the better. granted know one wants a keyboard small enough to fit in a pocket nor to have to attach somethinmg else regardless of size to run a pocket sized device such as a smart phone. I see no Earthly use for tablets as they are too small to look at and too big to put in a pocket.

    For phones I can’t see how to use a so-called smart phone at all other than through the touch screen the capabilities are to great to be operated via anthging else that is both possible and can be part of the device itself…which leaves a touch screen, and thats it, unlsss the damn things are speach operated (MAY GOD FORBID!).

  • Richard Townsend

    Whats Windows 8…. only joking… an ex windows addict :-)

  • http://profiles.google.com/rysliv ryan haz

    Like apps that when you first use it, they give you info on where things are and what not before continuing to the app. Windows 8 should have this, pointing to things on how to activate certain commonly used features, as well teaching the user how to use them. Make them try it out before they can continue in the tutorial, or just have a “I’m Familiar with the UI” button for those who already know it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rysliv ryan haz

    Like apps that when you first use it, they give you info on where things are and what not before continuing to the app. Windows 8 should have this, pointing to things on how to activate certain commonly used features, as well teaching the user how to use them. Make them try it out before they can continue in the tutorial, or just have a “I’m Familiar with the UI” button for those who already know it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/whiterazor White Razor

    I use a desktop mostly… or at least, I use Windows with a keyboard and mouse. What I’d like to see is, as mentioned, Metro apps running in a window. I’d like to have Aero and then the Metro apps run in a Window which can be maximised to full screen, snapped to the edges, or just resizable.

    Saying that, I’d also like to have the Start Screen smaller and at the bottom. Hitting the bottom left corner (or the Windows key on the keyboard) will have the Metro UI on the bottom and not covering the screen. It’s like the current Start Menu but instead of going upwards, it goes sideways and covers say the bottom left 25% of the screen. It’s probably still a bit harder to use than Aero, but I think it’s better than the full UI we have now. Another idea is, upon clicking start, is having a bunch of icons. Not a list we see in Windows 7 and before, but it comes up with a box with squares in it. It’s essentially like going “view>icons” in explorer, but for the Start Menu. 

  • http://twitter.com/LordReserei LordReserei

    Edition: I don’t like the idea of only having one and then deciding what you want. I just want how it used to be with Windows XP – Professional and Home. Simple as that. 

    Start screen/menu: Give the consumers a choice. Just as with other features in Windows like Windows Media Centre and even Internet Explorer – throw in a tick box into “Turn Windows features on or off” for the Metro UI/Startscreen

    These are the only gripes I have and changes I would make, I don’t really care about the rest. 

    I have Windows 8 Consumer Preview installed on my netbook and handed it to my younger brother who doesn’t have a computer as well as my sister and they both found their way around it pretty easily without the need of help from me or a tutorial (in fact, I’m the only person who has multiple computers in the family)

  • http://twitter.com/srivatsan316 Srivatsan

    Hope MSFT listen. This is a wonderful list. 

  • http://www.stirringtroubleinternationally.com/ Stirring Trouble International

    These Surface devices are great in museums and exhibitions, would make a great coffee table to in the living room though, well done Microsoft, this is good, thanks Chris at Locker Gnome.

  • http://twitter.com/davidtownsend David Townsend

    I’ve had a Mac for sometime now while I am still a user of Windows 7. I really can’t see what Microsoft’s problem is. Using Windows 8 it’s apparent Microsoft are going the completely wrong way about it. If they wanted to target the mobile market they should make Windows 8 with it’s metro interface it’s own thing. And start working on a new desktop OS. They could still do this, and I sure hoping they do. Having what we see now, a metro style windows 8 tablets OS (no aero) and a new Aero style Windows 8 for desktops. If they don’t do this i feel they are going to fall big time and Win8 will go the same way as vista did in regards to the desktop market.

  • http://twitter.com/ConsumersTips Consumers-Edge.com

    Here’s what I would do- “gamify” a tutorial with an online leaderboard.  Cheap, easy to implement, adds some fun and removes some pain from learning some pretty drastic changes.  Also, not sure  I really “get” why it was so important to remove the “Start” button after spending a full decade to get customers used to using it.  But that’s just me…  =)

    • Avatar Roku

      Agreed. I don’t don’t understand why they took out the start button they had in the Developer Preview. Microsoft has always been very good about giving users 3 or 4 ways to accomplish the same task, removing the Developer Preview start button was definitely a mistake.

      Forcing everyone to get to the charms by using the right side menu is unnecessary. There should be multiple ways to get to that charms bar functionality. They were on the right track with the Developer Preview.

  • Don Gilcrease

    The W8 Start screen is not only ugly to the point of being hideous, it also gets in the way of my being able to use the computer, making it functionally useless with a desktop or laptop.  For me, it would only useful on mobile devices without a keyboard.  Sorry to be so negative, but the W8 Preview flat sucks.  As I’m not at all a gamer, nor do I need to use any windows proprietary software, if the release version of  W8 has the same Start screen nonsense when I have to change from W7, I’ll go to with Linux – assuming 1) it hasn’t imitated Microsoft’s W8 debacle, and 2) I haven’t done it already.  MAC would be the better option, but is way out of my price range. 

  • http://twitter.com/rootnl2k rootnl2k

    MS Windows should convert to BSD Unix like MacOSX did

  • Nancy Lichtenstein

    I’m wondering how this will affect large organizations that are on the Windows platform.  

  • Nancy Lichtenstein

    I’m wondering how this will affect large organizations that are on the Windows platform.  

  • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

     I 95% of the time run the Aero desktop on both.  I only jump into Metro when I have to, which is more than it should.  In fact, in one of the demos, weren’t they showing that you could allocate as much (or little) to Metro, and still have the desktop showing/

  • Matthew Cheung

    I agree on most of the things listed in the article. I wish that Microsoft would give more options in the Metro UI Start Menu for users using a mouse and desktop. Maybe they could have different modes that can be changed depending on the device you are using.

  • Ralph Worlein

    I have used Win 8 for several days now and was able to figure it out the second day. I have a hard time understanding people much younger than myself going crazy about change.
    Windows 8 will change a few things, tweak it here and there, but the preview seems to be pretty complete.

  • Taking a step back to look…

    All I’m hearing is “Windows sux. Windoze is goin down hill, I will never touch W8″, and presumably those people are using a mouse and keyboard. Windows 8 dose not entirely suck. The UI that the user can interact with is flawed in the sense that it is
    geared towards touch, yes, but everything else in the OS is an
    improvement especially if your coming from Windows Vista. Not many people realize or come to appreciate all the mechanics, management and behind the scenes process improvements in Windows that work flawless no matter what hardware you have, whether it be on the convention PC or tablet. I am not trying to be a hypocrite, but for me, I will continue to stay at Windows 7 until they fix my minor gripe at the UI experience, but ultimately in ever other way than the UI, the Windows 8 OS is an improvement.

  • Terord

    Windows 8 is a very promising os, i think in the same way that people are beginning to like the new windows on phone, itd take a while for people to warm up to it and geeks convinsing more and more consumers about their experience.

  • Bob

    how about let you close apps instead of leaving them open but “suspened” good idea but i dont like the implementation

  • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

     Right click tile, “Turn Live Tile Off”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1813155844 Antim Evtimov Batchev

    I totally agree i dont think microsoft should be mixing ui’s they should improve how their apps work… i think they should expand a little bit more of their marked place and make the os even more portable 

  • johnwerneken

    Win8 is
    wonderful, have it on its own hard drive primary partition (with all aps and
    user files from win7, everything works) and again on another primary on a VHDX
    (relatively uncluttered: has a CPU thermometer, xmark bookmark sync, and office
    2010, that’s all). Blazing fast boots in a few heartbeats background stuff all
    loaded in a breath and with a few add-ones startbutton and startmenu are there
    too. Skydrive VHDX IOS_mount and it runs 40 degrees centigrade COOLER on the CPU,
    and runs the video card that has NO FAN for its heat sink with no issues at
    all. Win 7 won’t do ANY of those things lol.

     

    I agree
    with Chris though.

     

    14th
    suggestion: some of the things are in strange new places (i.e. shutdown and
    msconfig are part of task manager; who would have guessed?); some of the user
    settings that are toggles to familiar desktop behavior, like making IE 10 run
    like a desktop ap, are in weird places, i.e. that one is in Internet Options/Programs
    in IE itself.

     

    15th
    suggestion: some nasty web sites only accept certain user agents. So I used to
    have both 32 and 64 bit browsers, including two copies of IE 9 32 bit so that one
    could be set to spoof an old browser to prevent some of the bs people like Facebook
    keep throwing into the stew that they serve. Win8 won’t do IE 9. Perhaps IE 10
    will handle a reasonable user agent spoof but in ie 10 one pretty much needs a separate
    IE executable etc. to make the user agent spoof relatively bullet-proof…IE9
    32 in addition to ie 9 64 gives me that, even if they largely share settings
    (yest another gripe of mine, lol).

     

    16th
    suggestion: It’s not the form factor that drives stuff although that gets us gestures
    and touch; it’s ubiquitous computing, including now pocket touch devices
    but also stuff that has no touch but isn’t an Intel x86 CPU. And the innovation
    will be there not on the Desktop, the migration will be the new moving TO the
    desktop not being created there. This leads to the fear that the core Desktop
    characteristic, character based input, and the aps that are hard to imagine without
    it, may be neglected in the future.

     

    That’s
    what the force-feeding of the Metro UI implies to me. Other than that, although
    I prefer the character-based UI with WYSIWYG, I have no problems with Metro; I
    even Win_Q now and then.

  • johnwerneken

    Oh I just loaded lastpass too on the VHDX version…

  • Avatar Roku

    ““Make Metro optional at startup just like Media Center used to be.”

    Media Center failed! If Metro fails then Microsoft has no future in the computer industry. Microsoft needs to get all NEW Windows users into the app store to be competitive with Apple and Google. All of the money is made in the app-store now. If they don’t successfully get you addicted to that app store then they’ve lost. It doesn’t matter how many Windows users there are because the money to be made is from the number of apps sold and served ads. I’d go so far as to say that selling the OS for profit has become so unimportant that they should give Windows away to OEMs for free.

    Therefore suggestion #1 = undoable, ignorant, and completely unacceptable

    Most of these suggestions are bad. They fail to realize that the industry has changed dramatically since the release of the iPhone.

    There needs to be 1 interface, 1 OS, 1 app store, tied into 1 user account. This is the ultimate goal of Google, Apple, and Microsoft and they’re all racing to get to that finish line. Apps need to be full screen, attractive and enticing to consumers. If you desire windowed apps there is an old outdated desktop interface for you to work with in Windows 8, just as there is an old outdated DOS prompt for you to work with. In the post-iPhone era this kind of OS you’re asking for has no future. Everything is about the app store and tying the user into that market across all of their devices.

  • Avatar Roku

     Grab the top of the app and pull down. That is how you close apps in Metro.

  • Avatar Roku

    Everyone is moving in the same direction even Linux and Mac OS are moving towards a touch-first model. Mac OS is arguably even heavier on gestures than Windows 8. Everything is about the app store now in the modern OS. iPhone and iOS ended an era of computing. Don’t be afraid of change. Things are going to be a little rocky at first, but will eventually find a good balance. Look at how long it took Windows to really replace DOS. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Metro will eventually be more desirable to users than Windows desktop, it’s a simple matter of app exclusivity.

    • http://twitter.com/Craazyy1 Odd-Erik Frantzen

      I’ll never want big clunky mcfatass over easy-to-use desktop. No matter how much i get used to it, it’s a massive downgrade really.

      • johnwerneken

        I would like to see an example of the sole task I might want on a mobile device, which is internet search, working with any form of input less physically massive than a keyboard of at least normal size and a display at least 23 inches diagonal. In a relative emergency I can tolerate mobile voice (cell phones) but just barely. As far as I am concerned, I want to stay in my own world as much as possible and use the contraptions to bring the outside world to me, on my terms. I don’t want to be out in the howling wilderness outside my home trying to pretend I have the resources I have there, it is not worth the aggravation, not any of it.
        And don’t tell me about touch, voice, or pointing/mouse-like devices, none of them are suitable for communication. Face to face with other people DOES beat my contraptions, but nothing else is even minimally adequate.

        • johnwerneken

          That said, I DO LOVE WIN8; there are even a couple useful METRO things, particularly the tiles.

          • johnwerneken

            And if the yuppie crowd buys win8 so much the better, so long as it can straddle the touch and desktop paradigms.

  • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

     I’ve also found out that just hitting Alt-F4 closes it, just like a desktop app.

    That’s what I get for always using the red X to turn everything off.

  • Ian

    I would also like the RSS / News App back, prehaps as an app in the store?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrusin1971 Mirosław Rusin

    Linux ubuntu with Unity and Windows 8 with Metro interface drive desktop people to black nightmare. During the installation user should have choice to choose – classical and full-featured desktop or sth strange and unproductive interface as metro/unity. Interface with Gnome 2 and Windows 7 – they are best productive enironment to work. Unity/Metro is a disaster for everyone – also for company involved into creating next desktop systems and apps for them.

  • Em

    I would immediatelly use Mac OS X over Windows if it would be an open-to-all-platform OS.

    But the overpriced hardware and low driver-support for third-party devices piss me off.

  • Lee Wilson

    ALT+F4  Are still in the windows commands, F-8, that is a thing of the past. we can send large file formats using the e-mail app, like a 148 mb HD video, and that is with out using “skydive”
    The new ISO mounting features allow me (with third party software for creating an ISO) to use Disk based software like ok this is an oldy, Print master Gold. I don’t think it will work with the Sims though.
    ISO file storage means able to load it to Tablets mount ISO and way you go. No more carting that external burner lol. the  Fewer things in the bag  the better.
    Snipping is in there , steps recorder is in there, you just have to search for them. (that is a real pain) Look for the folders with numbers.

    if you use you MSN log in account, then you have access to the store and background settings. you can use SkyDrive for the real important files you do not want to lose. Like some rare ISOs
    So far I am finding a lot of good things. Oh and they retained the AVCHD file formats.
    so far all the software accept for an ancient piece of software “MagicDisc” is still functioning.Magic dis has an issue with its “dbus” . oh and one must have a keycode. I think they did away with the trial-version with a grace period stuff. Not sure though any one any clue on that?

    • johnwerneken

      I believe win8 consumer preview is good until jan 2013 or perhaps its 12 months, there was something on that at release time…

  • Edward Barnes

    Dear Lol,
        
         man I hate you!

  • Nick

    I hate Mac, and I hate Windows 8…. What’s a nerd to do?

  • Raymond Marr

    The easiest way to shutdown windows 8 is simply the old alt+f4 from the desktop or even within the interface and it comes up with the regular shutdown options.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bamer98 Bradley Nicolas Moyer

    Linux ^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/bigdaddy.stroh BigDaddy Stroh

    Lot more needs to be corrected with windows 8.

    I agree choice one or other not both desktop and metro.

    My points of change!

    1. Choose ability to adjust Icon Size. I dont need 12 pages of icons because there so ridiculously big.

    2. Color scheme Not good idea. To much color whats the point!

    3. Group Icons by types Internet, Microsoft Office, Networking, Graphics etc…

    4. Folder Options were you music, pictures, documents… I would have preferred a metro style with a second window along side showing these options.

    5. Time, Date, Weather Displayed in most places. We are on the go society. Keep up with those 3 items should be at the top of the list. Having to click an Icon to get to these options is to much work.

    6. Locking Screen Right up front on any interface. I got to run to bathroom don’t want my kids to see email from mom. Lock Screen.

    7. Better use of Social apps like Messangers would be great.

    8. State of Battery Right up Front.

    9. Tablet should have come idea of running Xbox 360 games as well.

    10. Found a way to intergrate with Xbox 360….

    This is the exact reason I use Linux… Propesective on Windows 8 is a huge disappointment. I figure this windows 8 tablet will be dead in about 6 months a flop..

    Windows 8 would have been a hit if the would have used the XBOX 360 interface and just added apps wallpaper and social media to the layout. Allowed Xbox 360 games to load and make easier for Computer Games to load to device. Kept the foot print small and found away to make Windows 8 even faster then Windows 7.

    No Brainer! Games, Apps and Social Media device with a Bluetooth headset for chatting skype and gaming… This device would have launched Windows 8 to the top of list.

    Its now just a paper weight on your desk…